#Review November 9 by Colleen Hoover

Posted November 9, 2015 by carolin in Blog Tour, Book Reviews, Books, Collage / 0 Comments

#Review November 9 by Colleen Hoover

#Review November 9 by Colleen HooverNovember 9 by Colleen Hoover
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Published by Atria Books on November 10th 2015
Narrator: Angela Goethals, Zachary Webber
Genres: Chick Lit, Romance, Young Adult
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Source: Atria, NetGalley
five-stars

Beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover returns with an unforgettable love story between a writer and his unexpected muse.

Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day of her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist.

We received this book/audiobook for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect our opinion of the book or the content of our review.

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review

Book Review: 5 stars

“November 9” is the story of two 18 year-olds, who seemingly meet by a chance encounter in a Diner. After they hit it off immediately, Ben and Fallon decide to meet every November 9th for the next five years – but without having any kind of contact in between. They are both about to make crucial changes in their lives and because Fallon is about to move thousands of miles away from Los Angeles to New York for her career, both don’t see a long-distance relationship working. But there is something between those two, neither can put a label on and this once-a-year-date seems appropriate to figure out, if it will be worth further pursuing. They grow up, live their lives and endure quite a few struggles on the way, but meet every year on November the ninth. Until one event in Ben’s life is about to change everything

Now, two days after finishing “November 9”, I’m sitting here and try to find words that can express my feelings for this book. Well, if I’d have to compare it to something, I’d say a rollercoaster-ride is most accurate… Colleen Hoover made me feel everything – the attraction, the sense of belonging, the yearning for one another, the butterflies, the heartbreak, the healing. But she put me through all of those stages of feels to the extreme. At one point, I even had to stop for the night and pull my exploded emotions together again – just to stop myself from quitting the book altogether due to emotional overload. It was so angsty and heartbreaking, I can’t even… Wow. And after I gave myself a pep talk like I’d imagine a soldier does before going in combat, I could continue the book. Until the point, I was a blubbering mess yet again. And in between all this angst and pain, I laughed my ass off at the funny and sassy banter CoHo created between the two MC’s.

What I loved most about the book – apart from the many feels, of course – was that we saw a bit of Miles and Tate from “Ugly Love” in November 9 (but this is a complete standalone, you don’t have to read “Ugly love” first – although you’re really missing out if you don’t… Just saying.). One of Ben’s big brothers, Ian, is a colleague of Miles and I loved that she made them appear again. But even without ‘bribing’ me with one of my favorite Heroes of all times, she created amazing main characters in Ben and Fallon. I instantly fell in love with Ben; and Fallon was such an easygoing but passionate girl, later woman – I just couldn’t help myself but have a bit of a girlcrush on her. After everything both of them went through in their young lives, they never once came off as whiny or pathetic. Bravo to Colleen for being able to creating characters that you’d like to befriend in real life.

Then there were those many references to romance. With Ben being an aspiring author, we learned a lot about the process of writing and what makes us love certain books more than others. It felt as if I witnessed Colleen Hoover writing her book firsthand. Even though I normally don’t mark much in books I like, because I rarely recite phrases in reviews, I just couldn’t NOT highlight quite a few sentences. It left me flabbergasted, that I agreed on so much with the author. Two of my favorite references were:

“Whether or not the couple ends up together at the end of a book doesn’t determine whether that book has a happy ending or not. As long as the two people end up happy, it doesn’t really matter if they end up happy together.”

I think I wrote that sentence with only a few tiny differences in many reviews before LOL. Then there was this:

“But you obviously like the bad boys if you like reading about them.”
“Actually, that’s not true,” I tell him. “I enjoy reading books like that because it’s not at all the life I lead. It’s completely different than any situation I’ll ever be in, thank God. But I get entertainment out of it. Because as much as I like to read about a guy telling a girl she’s so, so wet for him… if anyone ever said that to me during sex, I wouldn’t be turned on by it. I would be terrified I accidentally peed on myself.”

Hilarious, right? And so true, this is almost exactly how I explained to my husband why I love to read romance and erotica so much. It made me almost giddy to recognize myself so much in everything that was said in “November 9”, it felt so personal. And then CoHo knocked me out flat on my ass with the following words:

“Why didn’t you tell me that the foundation you taught me to stand on is made from quicksand?”

Oh gosh, so much emotion in only one sentence. Amazing, really.

As this is more of a story of two young people growing up – and falling in love, of course – I’d say it is New Adult more than Young Adult. There was sex in November 9, but it was very fitting for the book and the characters. Also, it wasn’t overly explicit. But the sexual tension… Phew, the air was sizzling because of the tension between Ben and Fallon, for damn sure! It was exquisite.

Kudos to CoHo for throwing not one but TWO twists my way, which I did not see coming. Normally, I’m one who figures twists out very early on. I felt that there was something big coming my way all the time and it drove me literally nuts not to know what it was immediately. When I finally came to those said twists, the first one left me wanting to smash my kindle on the wall and the second one made me drop my jaw in surprise. Boy, I love it, when an author still takes me by surprise.

The book was paced perfectly, and I was about to rate it with 5+++ stars, because it honestly is one of the best books I’ve read this year – until the ending. Yep, the ending bummed my mood drastically. Don’t get me wrong, it was a beautiful ending. But it wasn’t enough for me, it felt rushed. I missed an epilogue so badly. It really would have been a perfect book if it wasn’t for that rushed ending.

BUT I rate “November 9” after all with 5 stars and can recommend it to everyone, not just Colleen Hoover-Fans. It is a fantastic book about love, friendship, sacrifices and growing up. But ultimately it is a beautiful love story.

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announcement

Don’t miss Colleen on tour for NOVEMBER 9:

DALLAS, TX

Monday, November 9th
HALF PRICE BOOKS
10:00 PM
5803 E Northwest Hwy
Dallas, TX  75231
www.hpb.com
RSVP and details: https://www.facebook.com/events/571747856307832/

CINCINNATI, OH

Tuesday, November 10th
JOSEPH-BETH BOOKSELLERS
7:00 PM
2692 Madison Road
Cincinnati, OH 45208
www.josephbeth.com
RSVP and details: https://www.facebook.com/events/910564405703742/

CHICAGO, IL

Wednesday, November 11th
ANDERSON’S BOOKSHOP
7:00 PM
26 S. La Grange Rd.
La Grange, IL 60525
www.andersonsbookshop.com
RSVP and details: https://www.facebook.com/events/877624532344894/

RIDGEWOOD, NJ

Thursday, November 12th
BOOK ENDS
7:00 PM
211 E. Ridgewood Avenue
Ridgewood, NJ 07450
www.book-ends.com
RSVP and details: https://www.facebook.com/events/176661676006949/

 WHITE PLAINS, NY

Friday, November 13th
BARNES & NOBLE #2202
7:00 PM
230 Main Street
White Plains, NY 10601
www.barnesandnoble.com
RSVP and details: https://www.facebook.com/events/760158847428849/

MIAMI, FL

Saturday, November 14th
BOOKS & BOOKS
5:00 PM
265 Aragon Avenue
Coral Gables, FL 33134
www.booksandbooks.com
RSVP and details: https://www.facebook.com/events/903716756377916/

BOSTON, MA

Sunday, November 15th
BROOKLINE BOOKSMITH
5:00 PM
279 Harvard St
Brookline, MA  02446
www.brooklinebooksmith.com
RSVP and details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1484734548495141/

LOS ANGELES, CA

Tuesday, November 17th
CHEVALIER’S BOOKS
7:00 PM
126 N. Larchmont Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90004
www.chevaliersbooks.com
RSVP and details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1008186655868793/

AUSTIN, TX

Tuesday, December 8th
BOOK PEOPLE
7:00 PM
603 N. Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78703
512-472-5050
http://www.bookpeople.com/
RSVP and details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1642732965964748/

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